The aim of this paper has not been a comprehensive review of all the issues surrounding fore
sic expert evidence. It is more an attempt to provide food for thought which I hope will
act as a
stimulus for some long overdue debate within the
Scottish and UK Justice Systems in respect of
the forensic sciences and the evidence they generate.
It is not an in
depth study into every nook and cranny of the systems to see what is and what is
not being done in respect of expert evidence but rather a
collection of informed thoughts and
opinions resulting in the main from my experiences while fighting for justice for my daughter
Shirley whose very life was threatened by erroneous forensic evidence.
The inevitable truth is however that the old checks an
d balances and systems and procedures
for evaluating forensic evidence in the UK are no longer effective. All involved require to take a
long hard look at themselves. We require to develop a consensus among those who manage
our justice system that change
is necessary and until we achieve this nothing will happen.
I do not want this paper to be seen as a totally negative critique of our justice systems in r
spect of expert evidence and I am not arrogant enough to believe that there are not many wit
Op. cit., 85, page 18